Monday, September 7, 2015

Textured Warm Layout

Hi everyone! It is STAMPtember® at Simon Says Stamp during September. This is such a fun event, a whole month full of stamping fun and inspiration. I was happy to take part in the celebrations on Saturday with the release of an exclusive Tim Holtz blueprint set. You can find my post here

It is Monday and a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, 'stamp + punch'. You can also combine stamping and die cutting, something I love to do.

Almost overnight, the weather changed into a feeling of autumn. It is almost as if you can smell and feel autumn in the air. Even though I would have loved summer to be longer (and warmer), I am looking forward to autumn. I like the changing of seasons and I haven't seen a 'real' autumn in a while. That might have been the reason for why I wanted to create a warm and golden layout for this week, with two photos and a quote that you can also find in my Brothers Crackle Album. I used Tim Holtz new Sizzix punches, which have such great designs. They also store easily since they are rectangular and have a closing mechanism. I took some step photos.

I worked on a 12 x 12 piece of watercolour paper. After coating it with gesso, I painted the page with Distress Paints. If you look carefully, you can see that the paint puddles are not on the layout, but on a piece of plastic packaging. 

After the first paint layer dried, I added some lovely gold. It is hard to see in the photos, but it makes the layout glow. 

When the paint was dry, the layout was stamped with various stamps, using Jet Black and Potting Soil inks. I love the Wheat Silhouette stamp and liked that there were two wheat strands, a taller one and a shorter one, as in two brothers. You can also find it on this set by Tim Holtz. I happened to have the wood mounted version. The backgrounds in the new Ledger Script set are so versatile. I love text stamps and will surely use this one a lot. The beautiful flourish stamp is from an older set, the Artful Flight Bird Cage.

I used the Bricked stencil and Wendy Vecchi's Crackled Texture Paste, almost to create the look of an old weathered wall.

When the paste dries, cracks appear. I painted them with watered down Walnut Stain and Black Soot paints, and added more black around the edges.

The flowers were punched from Metallic Kraft-Core cardstock, using the gold. If you haven't seen this cardstock yet, it has gold, silver and copper sheets and if you sand it will reveal a kraft-core as in the other kraft-core papers. The metallic shine is gorgeous, but I decided to slightly sand my flowers, to give them a rougher texture. The punches easily punch through cardstock. I used the Spiky Floral Medium. Daisy Flower Large, and Tattered Flower Large punches.

The flowers were stamped with the same script stamp that was used on the background.

I gave the flowers some shape with my Sizzix Susan's Garden Tool Kit, which is fabulous. I also punched banners, sanded and stamped them.

The layout was also splattered with some black paint. The mix of paint, stamping, and Crackled Paste gives the background an interesting texture.

I really like this sentiment, and if fits extra well since Anton is wearing dress out clothing on the photos, although not actually superhero clothing, since he is Darth Vader. The stamped sentiment comes from the Crazy Talk set.

The flowers were layered together with some gears and I also punched Laurel branches, which is one of my favourites of the punches that are available now. 

The photos were layered on sanded and inked gold Metallic Kraft-Core cardstock, inked Motif Cardstock (which has an embossed pattern that resists ink) and yellow Kraft-Core cardstock.

The flags were glued to a piece of twine. Spelling: 'brother'. 

A close up of the Wheat Silhouette stamping, stamped with both first and second generation stamping. 

I placed another stamped sentiment in an Ornate Plate and layered more of the flowers and gears, and a piece of ruler ribbon that I found on my desk. I used both glitter and star brads to hold the flowers together. 

I hope you will join us in our 'stamp and punch' challenge, as always, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.

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Thank you so much for visiting today!

Happy crafting!


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  1. Gorgeous layout Anna-Karin :-) such cute photos and the autumn colors and touches of gold are fabulous :-) Love the flowers with the gears too, fabulous! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Dear Anna-Karin, you have to stop making such beautiful layouts and projects :-)) You make me see stamps in a different way. Then, I want more of them :-)) But really, this is just stunning! I love it. Oh, and now you are making me want the punches, too, the way you have used them here.

    1. Thank you Marci! I am glad I can inspire you to see stamps in a different way, also the ones you already have at home. :)

  3. Super AWESOME layout, I love all your elements and the stamped die cut flowers!

  4. Beautiful! My goodness your boys are getting big! xo

  5. Oh my word what a gorgeous layout... the layers are AWESOME... Tim-a-licious... textures, embellishments OMG ( love the tutorial... makes me want to play ); those warm fall colors ... yummy !!

  6. What a lovely golden layout! I love the warm yellow and gold and it feels like the end of summer!

  7. This is a really gorgeous layout.

  8. This is beautiful! I think I'd like to try it on a canvas.

  9. Beautiful page, filled with all sorts of good stuff!

  10. Stunning layout, and I love love love the photos.

  11. Stunning layout, and I love love love the photos.

  12. What sweet photos!! A perfect warm palette to accompany this warm moment :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. My computer's being weird, so I'm not sure if my last comment came through or not, so I'll type it again and you can have double the love if it comes through twice! I was just saying how much I love the subtle metallic touches and how those banners are especially amazing. I also really like that brother/superhero quote and the tender feeling it adds to the page. Well done!

  14. Beautiful LO and gorgeous pictures!

  15. What a beautiful golden layout, to show off the gorgeous photos. I love all the textures and stamping you used.
    Jean x

  16. Such a gorgeous layout! Anna-Karin. All the embellishments and texture are awesome. I also love the beautiful photos. :)

  17. Lovely layout lovely picture and fantastic tutorial ! barbarayaya

  18. Wow, this is so pretty, Anna-Karin! The autumn colors are perfect! Love the touches of gold an crackle! And how sweet is Anton with little Leo! Priceless! Hugs, Sandra

  19. That photo melts your heart. You can see the love on Antons face. So precious! And such a pretty layout! Perfect for the photo of the boys. I love the metallics. Beautiful!

  20. What wonderful photos, they're just so precious and are so beautiful as the focal point to your gorgeous layout! This is wonderful Anna-Karin and a great tutorial too... :)

  21. Absolutely gorgeous and just too precious! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

  22. What a golden moment! You have captured this so beautify in your photos and the warm golden tones of your layout. So sweet!!


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